IES Abroad: Barcelona - Study Abroad with IES Abroad
Come let Barcelona enchant you. Whether it is the salty sea air, the sweep of mountains in the distance, or the romance and excitement of Las Ramblas, where else can you marvel at Gaudi’s whimsical architectural genius while embracing the laid-bac... read more
I learned a massive amount of things while abroad, about myself, the world around me, and all of the different cultures I encountered. Peter M - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I gained confidence in my doings. I was able to venture off on my own and explore anything I wanted to. I was able to attend my favorite fútbol games, and other sporting events. I learned the culture and was able to a part of it. Lastly, I was able to travel amost every weekend to another city and/or country. Nicholas F - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
Learned about yourself, improved Spanish skills, learned how to travel, etc. A student - Santa Clara University View Entire Review
I initially chose to study abroad in Barcelona to improve my Spanish, but I got this and so much more out of my experience. I grew so much as a person while I was there and now I feel truly independent and cable traveling, speaking Spanish, and taking advantage of every opportunity. Every time you turn a corner in this beautiful... A student - Santa Clara University View Entire Review
I learned so much about not just Spain but myself as well. My independence and confidence grew so much and I took everyday as an opportunity for a new adventure. It was the most impactful experience I ever had so it was an invaluable opportunity. Natalie Jones - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
I learned that life doesn't have to be so stuck in place. One can change their path especially if it will increase their quality of life. June A. Hodge - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I learned that I have the ability to adjust to living in another culture. Aaron Romero - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
Study abroad was so worthwhile. I learned more about myself and grew as a person more than I have in my five other semesters in college. I was able to develop as a student, professional and human in society. Faith Pejsa - University of Redlands View Entire Review
Living in a culture that is dissimilar to my own taught me the importance of personal growth and understanding those around you. I appreciate the beauty of diversity and enjoyed learning about Spanish culture by fully immersing myself in living as a local. Due to the varied cultural differences, I saw the importance in respectin... Ilana Frankel - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I was afforded many moments of growth, success, exploration, and reflection. I will carry such memories throughout my life. Honestly, a majority of these moments occurred while abroad. I can’t fathom my life now without having such an experience to fondly look back on. I went abroad hoping to push my boundaries, see the world th... Isabella Courtenay-Morris - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
I gained a lot of insight into the culture of Barcelona and Catalunya as a whole, as well as experiences in different countries as I traveled during my stay. Also important – I learned a lot about myself and how to manage challenging/stressful situations. A student - University of Missouri - Columbia View Entire Review
I gained important insight about myself, and also about the differing cultures i was surrounded by! It was completely worthwhile, because I came back a better person. A student - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
This is impossible to sum up briefly; but I gained a lot of knowledge specifically about Catalan culture, but also independence and a more open mind to other cultures. Kiaran Hartnett - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
It was INCREDIBLY WORTHWHILE. I got to live a life completely different from my own at home for a little while which was refreshing and exciting. I learned a lot about myself and what I want my life to look like in the future. (I want it full of traveling and learning!!!) I also got to meet so many people from all over the count... A student - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
I learned a lot about how globalized our world is, about different cultures and how to be more independent A student - University of Vermont View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and what I want for myself. I went alone - not knowing anyone else in the program, which was great and I was really able to do the things that I wanted to do. Sophie Sirota - Drew University View Entire Review
The two months I spent in Barcelona, Spain was definitely worthwhile. I learned so much about myself and the people around me. The challenges I faced allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, and broaden my horizon. My communication skills improved tremendously. I am now able to communicate and relate to many more people than be... Obse Tolla - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
I learned that culture and perspectives are not better or worse in an ordinal system, they are just simply different. Do not judge in a ranking system but instead admire the differences and embrace them Marqui - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
yes it was worthwhile and i gained work experience. i made friendships and connections that will last a lifetime. Raisa Haque - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
I recommend that everyone study abroad if they have the opportunity to do so. It was the best experience of my life and I would go back in a heartbeat!!! Kylee Sendobry - University of Missouri - Columbia View Entire Review
It was 100% worthwhile. I gained knowledge of new cultures and got to see so many beautiful places. I also got to meet so many new people. Lyric Loglisci - Clemson University View Entire Review
How to travel, who to do it with, and to be more independent. Do what you want to, don't depend on others. Push yourself more to try new things and speak the language more and meet new people. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and had to go out of my comfort zone in many situations. You learn how to make friends easily when you are in a place where no one knows each other. EM M - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I feel I am much more independent and mature. In addition, I feel I know who I am and how to define myself. I also get to force myself practice Spanish Li-Jung (Emily), LEE - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile. I was challenged in many ways throughout my time there, as there were so many experiences I had never had before. I matured so much during my stay in Barcelona, and I couldn't have asked for a better college semester. Sophia Burroughs - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
Programs in Barcelona:
Barcelona - Advanced Spanish Studies: This program is designed to elevate your Spanish language skills. In addition to an advanced language course and other Spanish-taught IES Abroad courses, you can also directly enroll in a local university. Here you may make some Spanish friends as you study alongside local students. Internship opportunities are also available to fully experience all Barcelona has to offer.
Barcelona - Liberal Arts & Business: Feast your eyes on the many sights of Barcelona! Admire the stunning Modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia church, stroll through the whimsical Park Güell, shop the markets and street vendors of Las Ramblas, visit the beautiful beaches—should we continue? You can experience it all here. There are a wide variety of IES Abroad courses available, primarily taught in English by our world-class faculty. You are grouped into language proficiency-based levels to focus your course enrollment options. This also provides a sense of community with your fellow students and challenges you to maximize your learning.
Barcelona Summer - Internship: With great influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts, Barcelona has made its mark as a major player in the global market. Walk to work or take the metro, bus, or tram through this remarkable city of architectural and cultural wonders. Lunch is always an opportunity to sample the best of Mediterranean fare: delicious tapas, the freshest seafood, and Crema Catalana for dessert! An IES Internship develops your professional skills, your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market. The optional language class increases your Spanish language proficiency and fluency.
Barcelona Summer - Language & Area Studies: The IES Abroad Barcelona Language & Area Studies Summer Program is designed for students who want to study abroad in Spain and experience contemporary Spanish culture from the Catalonian perspective in a challenging academic environment. Language courses develop your written and oral proficiency in Spanish and area studies courses provide an excellent opportunity to learn about modern Spain in the larger context of the European Union. Courses are available in both Spanish and English. Over the course of the summer, you will come to know its vibrant plazas and winding streets for yourself. The Barcelona Language & Area Studies Program offers enrollment in IES Abroad courses, housing in homestays with local residents or student apartments with live-in Barcelona Cultural Companions to facilitate your cultural immersion, and DiscoverIES (course-related excursions & field trips). You will have the opportunity to meet Spanish and international students alike. Starting at the IES Abroad Center in the center of Barcelona near the Plaza Catalunya, this study abroad program will help you to gain a meaningful cultural experience and a deeper knowledge of what it means to be a citizen of the world.
Barcelona - Arts & Culture: Choose from a series of courses on Art History, Cultural Studies, Literature, and more. Barcelona will be your classroom. All IES Abroad courses feature course-related trips and numerous faculty-led visits to museums, monuments, and sites around the city. Imagine studying the work of Gaudí while visiting the Sagrada Familia! Study the early paintings of Picasso and head to the Picasso Museum to see the vast collection of his great works.
Barcelona - Journalism & Communications: Choose from a series of courses in Communications, Literature (including travel writing), Photography, Political Science, and much more. Barcelona will be your classroom. All of our courses feature course-related trips and faculty-led visits to cutting-edge digital media outlets, newsrooms, agencies, and more. Imagine studying Advertising and then visiting an international ad agency or attending a lecture by an internationally-known photojournalist as part of your visual storytelling course. It’s all waiting for you here in Barcelona.
Barcelona - Political Science & International Relations: Take courses in a wide range of topics including politics, regionalism, international security, international business and relations, and many others. Imagine taking in all that Barcelona has to offer while taking exciting courses, like Campaigning in Europe: From Propaganda to Political Marketing or Globalized Economy & Migration. All of our courses feature course-related trips and faculty-led visits to government offices and institutions.
Barcelona Full-time Semester Internship: Spend a semester as an intern in Barcelona – a city with great influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts. When you spend a semester interning in Barcelona, you’ll be guaranteed placement in an unpaid internship that will develop your professional skills and enhance your ability to communicate across cultures.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
- Cultural Studies
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
- Business Communications
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation